Red Rock Ramble + ADD NEW ROUTE
in Nevada Nevada13 Miles
on April 15, 1998
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To find this route, simply head west out of Las Vegas on route 159 to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Look for the signs directing you to the visitor center. Enter the route on the one-way road that starts at the visitor center.
Located about 20 miles outside of Vegas, this route shows you some killer scenery and fairly good motorcycle roads. If you live anywhere near Vegas or are passing through you need to checkout one of the coolest routes around. The name says it all Red Rock Canyon. It has some freaky looking rocks that have been formed over millions of years and get their unique shape due to their geological makeup.
Short and sweet; this route's only real limitation is that it's too short. Keep in mind it is a one-way road the entire way and watch out for the car-dorks who don't know how to stay out of the way.
It is all nature stuff so if your looking for restaurants and stuff you've come to the wrong place ... but if your here for checking out some cool scenery and hiking trails you've come to the right place. Here are some of the cool things to do when you get to the route. Start out at the Red Rock Visitor's Center (702-363-1921) located at the start of the route. Here you'll learn about the incredible canyon was formed and the unique plants and animals that live here. Take a short mile hike from the Sandstone Quarry out to the Calico Tanks and see some pockets in the rock that gather water and attract local animals. Further up the road you'll see where two huge earth plates of rock collided millions of years ago. They are made up of two different types of rock. One is red and the other is gray and the collision makes a really neat looking fault line. If you take a side road for about a mile to the Willow Springs picnic area you will enter part of the Red Rock Canyon. Here you can see some ancient Indian art painted on some of the rock walls. Checkout the Icebox canyon and feel the strange cooling effects of being inside a rock canyon. From Pine Creek Canyon Overlook you see a cool looking Petrified Forest area.
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